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hello. today we're going to show you some of the more interesting local stories making news this week. among them, the salahis speak. see what the infamous white house party crashers to say ahead of the reality show debut. there is something fishy about seafood you're eating. we hear with why we may have to watch out for a bait-and-switch. and rolling toward health. the tough sport that's helping some breast cancer survivors heal. but first today, a quiet maryland community is dealing with an unflattering piece of its past. cape saint clair has a rule on the books that is meant to ban asians and african-americans from owning property there. it is between annapolis and the bay bridge. here's more.
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>> reporter: cape st. chair maryland is a small community surrounded by water. the bay work the rivers and a creek, to be exact. it is a place where families can bring their kids to the cape's private beach or fish off the docks. >> we're going over to the park. and then the schools are so close. i think our neighbors is really what makes it. we have a great, great neighborhood. >> reporter: cindy and her neighbors recently got a letter from the improvement association asking them to vote to remove some surprising language. >> their community rules. bag in the 1940s when the covenants were drawn up, it specifically prohibited african and asian-americans from living or owning land in cape st. claire. the welcome sign still touts the status of a covenanted community. >> this was set up as a racist subdivision. the laws have changed and it is no longer enforced.
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but some people don't like that the words are in there and i agree with that. >> reporter: there are more than 2500 families in cape st. claire. the president said they've been trying to get the wording removed since 1993. >> i've talked to the attorneys. >> reporter: the maryland law says an 85% vote can change it. gallagher says residents overwhelmingly responded with yes. but some have actually voted not to change the covenant. >> 63. 63 votes out of the 1,600 we've received. and a couple of them have written why they're voting no. and one of them is, it is unenforceable so why are we going through this anyway. and another argument is it part of the history of the community. ought to keep it. cape st. claire is a wonderful place and we have this nasty pair photograph hanging out in our documents that doesn't reflect what it is.
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>> reporter: news4. >> gallagher doesn't believe the property rule has ever been enforced. his next step is to go door to door to get the votes needed to change it. in northwest washington, animal rescue crews say it is a case of good intentions gone bad. a woman took in stray cats to care for them but it became too big a job and dozens of cats had to be removed from her home. john has that story. >> probably one of the first time he's been home. >> reporter: these cute hill kittens are being cared for with plenty of food and water. but the washington humane society says last week, they were living in this. an unkept northwest d.c. rowhouse overrun with cats. >> the conditions were pretty filthy inside the house with that many cats. obviously, not a whole lot of litter boxes being used by them. so they were going to the bathroom all over the house. >> reporter: a a tip, the humane
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officers raided the house and found 55 cats living in every nucle nook and cranny of the house. >> a lot of them had injuries because they were getting into fights and a large number of cats, disease is really rampant. >> reporter: all but one of the cats were pulled and saved from the house. because of injuries and diseases, only 11 are alive. as news spreads of this cat house, many neighbors are surprised. >> that's ridiculous. that's a lot of cats. >> you've known her for a while shelf always fed the cats in the neighborhood so figured like maybe five or six cats were hers. >> reporter: the woman was not home when we knocked on the door but we did get a chance to speak with her roommate who did not wish to go on camera. he said this started about ten years ago when the woman first found a cat on the street, brought it inside, and then found out that cat was pregnant. the cats continue to breed with others brought in from the
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street and soon there was a problem. the washington humane society is now working with the woman to make sure this doesn't happen again. they're also hoping the cats can bounce back. >> we hope that they'll be able to be adopted once they doing through their holding period and we check to make sure they're medically sound. >> reporter: in northwest d.c. news4. they touched off a controversy over white house security and later they retreated from the spot liflt but like it or not, the salahis are back. in a virginia series, they appeared on tv, a local cable talk show. tom sherwood has more on what they did and did not reveal. >> reporter: it was the white house reception walk back in november that made them famous or infamous overnight. thursday, tareq and michaele salahi walked into a hotel for a d.c. cable tv show. carol cautioned the crowd of about 50 not to get too close.
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>> i don't mind if you take photos. just don't approach us. >> reporter: the couple, part of a new bravo series on real house wives of washington in august, wasn't saying much. >> it seem to me everything you're facing, you really do need to make a lot of money. to rebuild, to get out of debt. you need to find that pot of gold. >> of course. >> reporter: they did lavish praise on their 100 acre winery featured on bravo. >> we started with one acre it was. a hobby and i best describe it as a hobby gone mad. it led to 100 achers that we planted. >> reporter: the host pointed out the winery called oasis is actually bankrupt, close asked the focus of a family fight. >> the future of oasis, it will come back. is it a tragic, sad story? yes. are we embarrassed about it? no. >> reporter: the couple could still face criminal charges on the white house episode. >> there doesn't need to be this
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hostility. >> i'm just curious. >> i don't want to talk about that. >> reporter: what did some of the audience members think? not much. >> they didn't reveal anything. carol really tried as hard as she could but no. they were pretty tight-lipped. >> it's interesting. they're both very good at what they do. i'll say that. >> they could have definitely, they want their 15 minutes of fame and they're trying to benefit from it. you can't really blame them too much. if they have a chance to make some money or benefit from it, why not? >> i'm sort of embarrass that had i'm here but it was interesting. >> reporter: tom sherwood, news4. >> there is much more ahead on news4, including on why you may not be getting what you think you're getting when you buy fish. and how some local
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there could be something fishy going on when it comes to the seafood you're eating. a group of local students analyzed fish samples. the goal was to learn about dna, but what they may have found might be surprising. nearly 25% of the samples they tested were mislabeled. liz crenshaw has more. >> reporter: when you go to the store and you're paying to get fish, you want to be sure that what you're buying is actually what you're buying. >> reporter: but a school project by three high school seniors at thomas jefferson high school for science and technology in alexandria,
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virginia, cast a wide net on a fishy problem at some local seafood markets. >> it was just surprising that almost one you'd of four fish that you buy have been mislabeled in some way. >> reporter: she is one of the students at the school's oceanography research lab. her group project? collect various types of fish from d.c.'s wholesale fish market, extract its dna, and then using a special database, see what species the samples' dna matched. >> we want to know that we're paying for what we think we're getting. and whether it is in a restaurant or a market. >> reporter: the students did the analysis themselves at the smithsonian natural history museum's genetics lab where scientists work on the bar coated of life data system. a database of bar codes that correspond with the dna of different animals. the students used bar codes to identify the species of fish they were testing.
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>> we got samples from salmon, snapper, fish would see at the marketplace. >> reporter: of the 49 samples they collected, 11 were mislabeled. that is 22%. while many of the mislabeled samples seemed innocent, like chilean seabass sole as plain seabass, others were more egregious including white fish sold as sword fish. perch labeled as arctic char, and atlantic salmon being sold as the more expensive king salmon. you found a fish labeled pacific halibut but it turned out to be atlantic halibut. why do i care? >> one is listed as endangered and we found that was being covered up with another species that is considered the ecofriendly version. so that mislabeling is pretty detrimental to conservation efforts. >> those issues concern us. both the ecological as well as the consumer issues. >> reporter: she said the project not only tested the students' knowledge of biology,
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chemistry and physics, it was a lesson in economics and environmental health. >> i think that's important for the consumer. i think it important to understand the biodiversity in our world. >> reporter: there have been investigations across the country looking into the mislabeling of fish at restaurants and markets like. this but who is changing the name on the seafood? that's a question that has proven difficult to answer. >> i don't think we can point fingers. we have no way of telling at what step it occurs. mislabeling can happen right when the fisherman takes it out of the water to when you're buying it at the supermarket with the package labeling. coming up, a local restaurant goes country and goes green. and one of the toughest sports out there is helping cancer survivors heal.
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some local breast cancer survivors are finding solace in one of the toughest sports around and they're literally making waves in their fight for health. we see how rowing has become one of the most effective treatments on the path to recovery. >> life doesn't get better than this. >> reporter: for these women in pink, each stroke is a measure of how far they've come. a measure of strength both physically and emotionally. the end result of their battles with breast cancer. >> my mom and my grandmother died of breast cancer so i've kind of known my whole life that i needed to watch out for it. >> reporter: when 45-year-old deborah charles chisolm was diagnosed nearly four years ago, it was a complete shock and after dealing with a mastectomy and chemotherapy, she needed something to look forward to. and she chose rowing. >> it was like my goal. i'm going to go row by next may.
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i'm going to be better. i'm going to be well enough. >> reporter: when she finished cancer treatment, she joined we can row d.c. a rowing group just for breast cancer survivors. what she found was more than a way to get exercise. >> it's like a support group without having to go to a support group. we're all here. we've had to go through the same thing. >> reporter: doris parker is one of the group's founders. >> if you've been through a disease like this, one of the things you do, you either go into yourself our develop no fear. and so we were looking for the ones that had no fear. >> reporter: but parker wasn't always so fearless. after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, she was devastated. but she noticed something inspirational in her drive to the hospital for treatment. the rowers in the potomac river pushing their oars through water with power and precision. >> i just thought, that looks so beautiful. >> reporter: so she started we can row in 2004. now nearly six years later,
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they're 50 women strong on, rather 50 strong women. >> it requires a lot of core strength and upper and lower body strength as well. >> reporter: the women all agree, it helps them regain their focus and concentration. something many women have a difficult time with after chemotherapy. >> for me, being able to have something where i could really focus on it and not think about all the other stuff that was going on around in my head, it was very, very healing. >> reporter: the women are hope tfl extra exercise will help to prevent a recurrence of their breast cancer, there is the emotional aspect. being with a group of women who have all been through the same thing. >> you kind of feel when you're rowing together and you see the we can row on the back of the other person, yeah, i got through that brutal cancer. i can do anything. >> reporter: news4. four washington hospital recently took part in an unprecedented kidney swap.
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it is a story of true altruism at its best. 28 people swapped kidneys over the last few weeks. one of the donors, ralph wolf, wanted to give up a kidney to give one to a donor but her donor died in a car crash so he could have dropped out. his decision to give anyway kicked off the beginning of the huge exchange. >> a precious daughter died to give my wife life and i'm going to be so selfish to say i'm going to hold on to this kidney just in case? >> his kidney went to the resident gary johnson. doctors point out most african-american patients who need kidneys rarely get them. more than half the participants in this exchange were african-american. earlier this year, first lady michelle obama tackled the childhood obesity he said dem ig. she is urging all kids to get out and exercise.
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now an alexandria teacher and her second grade students have taken the first lady's call to action and to heart and they're having a ball. jane watrel has that story. >> the red sea? we're talking egypt here. >> reporter: if her second graders baby to the owl ball, it is because they literally are. substituting rubber fitness balls for chairs in the classroom. >> did you have a hand up? >> reporter: the brain child of this teacher and exercise expert. >> kids need to move. they should be moving all the time. i think we have a very sedentary society and we're partly responsible for that. >> reporter: inspired by the first lady's call to fight childhood obesity, she asked her students if they were interested in using fitness balls at their desk. their response? a resounding yes. >> it is fun to bounce. instead of sitting in a chair, we have to move. the rules are, feet flat on the floor, bottom on the ball, and
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straight back. >> reporter: the balls were donated by a local hospital. after some coaching, the kids caught on mixing work and play. >> and it makes it fun. you can rock 'n' roll like rock and this is roll and you can bounce, too. >> it is improving oxygenated blood to all parts of the body, including the brain. they're happy. they're excited to come to school. >> reporter: the ball are also building core muscles and are such a hit, the macarthur elementary school principal said other classes are looking to join in. >> it's really great if children can burn up a little energy burk it actually helps them stay focused. conventional wisdom would say they would bounce around the room but it does the opposite. >> reporter: the students plan to write to first lady michelle obama and tell her about their well rounded education and how they're having a ball in second grade.
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>> what a way to learn. up next, a popular restaurant chain with an ecofriendly twist.
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montgomery county trash collectors are cleaning up their act. montgomery is the first county in the state to convert its solid waste collection fleet to compressed natural gat vehicles known as cngs. they're environmentally friendly because they reduce fuel costs and emissions. the trucks are also quieter than diesel garbage trucks. when you think of clyde's restaurant, you probably don't think of barns and blueberries and produce grown outside the barn. but the new vent surcalled clyde's willow creek farm and appropriately enough, it is located just off the green way. wendy explains how clyde's has gone country. >> reporter: clyde's willow creek farm is a throw-back to older time. the restaurant is a series of reclaimed barns and houses from
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vermont that date back to the 1700s and 1800s. out back, it is the farm where minimum mclean is growing fruits and vegetables for the nearby kitchen. >> this is the best of both worlds. now the shops have a farm and garden right in their backyard which is a rarity unless you're in california, really. >> it is called a feisty english pea. >> reporter: he grows three kinds of peas which go from this garden to this ravioli. it is still early in the season but the garlic is abundant and pungent. >> i'll get calls from the chef all the time saying do you have this? and i harvest it and bring it right down to him. >> reporter: a bee colony is nearby pollinating the crops and providing honey. eat local. that's a green concept trying to reduce the mileage on our food. the average american meal, it travels 1,500 miles to get to
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our plates. something that really bothered clyde's vice president who remembers when food was never local. >> you can only buy melons grown in another hemisphere, like in south america. >> reporter: now in addition to these crops, willow creek farm grows blueberries, raspberries, figs, and a variety of herbs and he wants to grow more. >> we talk about growing more and putting in an orchard over here and putting in peach trees. >> we just doubled our bee population today. >> you did? from what to what? >> from one colony to two. so it's 100%. like an office park over there. >> reporter: the farm is organic. mclean controls pests the natural way. >> i also try to attract beneficial insects like ladybugs and praying mantises. >> reporter: it has inspired us
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to rethink our techniques and to go back to these old ways so we don't destroy nature but work in concert with it and where better to honor that bond than at the table? that's news4 this week. i'm pat lawson muse. thanks for joining us. have a fantastic weekend.
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